I had the pleasure the other night to attend a trade night at Tile Depot Tauranga where Paul from CTA ( Construction Technologies Australia ) demonstrated and discussed their range of waterproofing, Primers, Compounds and Adhesives. Now these guys are relativly new to the scene but do not be fooled as they bring the knowledge of over 20yrs with the likes of Ardex, ASA and the technology of USA based Custom Building.
I was very impressed that they realised after testing in our climate that the adhesives acted differently from Auz, so they are continually tweaking their product to suit our conditions.
Thanks to Tile Depot for the following in their Trade Talk Newsletter April/May 2012
For a number of reasons and after a frustrating 18 months we have taken the decision to replace Kerakoll with the CTA range of adhesives in order to improve our product offer, pricing and availability.
CTA is an Australian based company and in conjunction with Construction Chemicals we believe we will have the best of the Australian manufacturers with a combined range that is second to none.
The extra coverage they are able to achieve with their technology gives greater value for money than any of the European products we have examined and in the current market that is a very important feature.
CTA have been growing rapidly in Australia which in these difficult times is no mean feat and a clear indicator that they have got their act together. Not only can they supply orders very quickly which will see a big improvement in product availability but the senior management are also the owners of the business and as we have already found they are willing to listen and respond to local requirements.
The CTA management team are a very clever bunch of Aussies (they do exist) with an amazing mix of experience and product knowledge acquired through many years in the industry.
Through previous rolls with leading Australian adhesive manufacturers they had seen what has worked and what could be improved and took the bold step of building up their own operation.
Consider the guys from CTA to be like a super group, what the Travelling Wilburys did to music, they are doing to the adhesive industry. Their head honcho Troy Hogan was the former owner and managing director of ASA. With him calling the shots is Brendan Fouhy (a kiwi so only an honorary Aussie) who was the general manager of Ardex and Mark Crothers ex technical manager at ABA. The reamaining pieces of the puzzle include Colin Morrow, formerly Ardex and Construction Chemicals,Trevor Grindley former state manager of Ardex and Noel “the fountain of knowledge” Rajanayagam,ex general manager of ASA.
On this side of the Tasman they have Rowan Armour, formerly of Tile Accessories and 20 years in the industry and the crazy Scotsman Paul Hunter of Construction Chemicals fame.
They are very good people backed by very good product. Their company motto is “the answer is yes, now what is the question”.
Their flagship product is Proflex, a C2S1ET adhesive and the response has been outstanding. We used our Hamilton store as a guinea pig and the feedback on coverage, performance and ‘useability’ was incredibly positive. We are now rolling this out throughout our network and the introduction offer gives you 1 free bag with every 5 bags of Proflex you purchase. Get in touch with your local Tile Depot store for more information or to find out when this offer ends.
We will be growing the available range in our stores over time and they have some very impressive gear.
In the next few weeks Paul Hunter will be visiting each Tile Depot store with waterproofing courses.
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